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Student medical transport adds to service
Miami students who use the Student Medical Transport (SMT) service are expected to see quicker service starting spring semester.
Students who have a disability as well as those with temporary medical problems rely on the SMT van, which is equipped with a wheelchair lift, to get to class during the day. Students have 10-15 minutes for class exchange, but about one-third of the transports performed this fall have taken more than 20 minutes.
To correct this problem a second SMT van will be added beginning Jan. 10, the first day of spring semester, and will operate during the morning hours, the period of the greatest use of the van.
The SMT service is part of the Miami Metro bus system; there will be a cutback in the number of buses serving the Red and Blue Metro routes on Saturdays in order to offset the cost of the additional van service. This semester two buses have run on Saturday with service every 15 minutes. Beginning the week of Jan. 9, the Saturday service on the Red and Blue routes will be every 30 minutes. Saturday has the lowest bus ridership of any day of the week.
Metro service on other routes will not be affected, nor will Red and Blue service on Sunday through Friday, said Richard Keppler, director of parking and transportation services.
Date Published: 12/09/2004